Cleaning the Valley filled with Thrash
Back in 2003, when I was in Hong Kong, there was a valley 1 km away from the place where I stayed. The valley had rotting trash and was giving off a stench, but no one dared to clean it. Instead, everyone just left it alone. I thought that people were the same so I decided to clean it. Then one day I went to the valley with two of my disciples to clean it up. I cleaned the 1 km long valley by myself all the way to the end of it.
After cleaning it to its end, I was drenched in sweat and I smelled bad. But there was no water to clean myself. It was the day of my birthday, so each church throughout the Providence world was waiting for me to cut the cake in celebration of my birthday. However, I continued cleaning until 2 pm. Then I reported to God and The Lord that I had finally completed cleaning this valley. That reeked with a stench.
Then as soon as I finished praying, rain began to pour down. It was a gift of grace on my birthday. Torrents of rain poured down for about 10 minutes and as a result the rainwater flowed along the valley that had already been swept clean and made it even cleaner. At that time I was so thankful that I raised my voice and broke out in song, ‘The Lord is My Shepherd’, as a token of my gratitude to God and the Lord who had led me to the green pastures and to the places where Their Will exists, even in the midst of tribulations.
When I found out what things were needed to be done even in the middle of tribulations and put them to action, I gained more than what I had lost during the tribulations.
It’s the same thing even now. When dark clouds develop, rain is likely to come, thunder and lightning strike, and raindrops begin to fall; therefore people usually get anxious about being caught in the rain and their clothes getting wet, so they quickly go indoors. Or they feel bad, saying, “It’s been a while since I was out like this but unfortunately I am caught in the rain.” Even when they go on a picnic, if it starts to rain they would get in the car and come back home right away. By the time they arrive at home, the rain will have stopped after raining just a little bit. Then they’d say, “Since we can’t go out again and the sky is covered with dark clouds, let’s go to sleep,” and they would just keep on sleeping. But in fact, the day would eventually turn out to be a really good day because the weather will have become cool.
Things often happen in this way when tribulations and hardships come. If you just get scared from the start, you will give up and run away, and you will get used to being that way. Such people are always afraid of having any hardships that they may face in their future. Even if just a little bit of thunderstorm strikes and only a few raindrops fall in their life, they feel nervous, have all kinds of worries and are afraid. Then they give up and stop what they were trying to do.
Do not think of or be afraid of all your difficulties and worries, but leave them to the Lord. You should take action boldly just as you get rained on during the summer and you get caught in a snowstorm or cold wind in the winter time. Then like me you can become a strong hero of life and you will be able to complete the work that the Lord has entrusted to you in the end. Do you believe this? If you get too scared, you will become a patient with heart problems. Call on the Lord. Call on God. Do you understand?